A national event fronted by TV star Lorraine Kelly is among a series of commemorative events happening in Dundee over the weekend of 25 – 27 September to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Loos.
Organised by Great War Dundee, ‘Remembering Loos’ will take place at Dundee’s Caird Hall on Friday 25 September, when Lorraine will be joined by a host of personalities and musicians such as Game of Thrones actor Daniel Portman and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring to life a flavour of the time.
Using the words and stories of those serving or left at home, the event will encompass elements of poetry, readings, song and orchestral music to create a moving and atmospheric experience to mark 100 years since the battle known as Dundee’s Darkest Day.
Other presenters and performers include BBC Radio Scotland presenter and classical musician Jamie MacDougall, Scottish author James Robertson, traditional singers Sheena Wellington and Robyn Stapleton, young soprano Jessica Leary, and rising stars on the traditional scene, Dallahan.
Joining the RSNO will be Dundee Symphony Orchestra and the Mackenzie Caledonian Pipe Band.
The event will begin with a screening of the annual lighting of the war memorial beacon on the Law earlier in the day, marking the start of the battle in 1915. This will be hosted by veterans of The Black Watch.
Attendees will also have the chance to visit an Education Scotland exhibition by pupils from Morgan Academy and St John’s RC High School who have been learning about the First World War and the impact it had on Dundee, where they can also experience the widely-acclaimed Loos Visualisation project produced by the University of Abertay.
In addition to the national commemoration service in City Square on Saturday 26 September, other events over the course of the weekend include the launch of ‘The Wreck of the Argyll’ by John Fulton, winner of the Great War Dundee Children’s Book Prize, and a special screening of silent film ‘The Guns of Loos’, with a new live musical score by one of the UK’s leading silent film composers and performers, Stephen Horne. The original film has not been screened since the 1930s.
A commemorative football match between Dundee FC and Ross County will take place at Dens Park Stadium on the afternoon of Saturday 26 September, when the Home team will play in a commemorative strip featuring the Black Watch Tartan and regimental badge. The club is giving away 3000 tickets to Scotland’s ex-service and serving men and women.
Events will conclude with a special Black Watch commemoration service at 11am on Sunday at Dundee Parish Church.
An estimated 30,000 Scots fought in the Battle of Loos 100 years ago, and around 7,000 lost their lives. All ten Scottish Infantry Regiments fought, with The Black Watch suffering the highest number of casualties.
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